SNP MEP Aileen McLeod, Member of the European Parliament's Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety welcomed a call from the Committee to reduce the use of pesticides, allocate more funds for research and better monitoring of bee populations.
The Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee approved a resolution this week highlighting weaknesses in the EU Pollinators Initiative. It emphasised the changes needed to address the main causes of pollinators’ decline in Europe.
Speaking after the vote in Committee, Aileen said:
“These actions are urgently needed to save Scotland’s and the rest of Europe’s bees.
“The resolution proposes that a reduction in the use of pesticides should be set as a ‘common indicator’ in order to evaluate how effective national measures are in protecting bees and other pollinators. It is also important to increase the funds to support research into the causes of bee decline to protect the diversity of pollinator species.
"Unfortunately the continuing uncertainty around Brexit means that we do not know how Scotland will fit into these structures but be rest assured that the Scottish Government and the EU will continue to do all they can to protect the bees we have.”
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The resolution can be found here: